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Salem police investigate shooting reports

SALEM –No one was injured, but police are investigating two reports of shots fired over the weekend, one on North Lincoln Avenue Saturday night, and one on Newgarden Avenue Sunday afternoon which led to four arrests for obstruction.

“We believe the people responsible for both shootings are in custody. Future charges are pending,” Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said.

He wanted to attempt to quell any rumors about what did or didn’t happen, while not going into too much detail, except to stress that no one was injured during either incident.

A police report said shots were fired at 3:50 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Newgarden where a caller identified the suspects and arriving officers received the same names from witnesses at the scene. Evidence at the scene substantiated that shots had been fired, with Talbert saying there were at least four rounds fired. Two males had allegedly shown up looking for a resident and brandished firearms and in the meantime, the resident was leaving in a vehicle behind the residence. What happened then is under investigation.

Police began searching for the suspects who fled and believed they went to a home on Granite Avenue, with suspects fleeing out the back when officers arrived. A witness indicated the direction of travel and K-9 Argo began tracking. Officers were led to believe the one suspect had circled back around to the 900 block of Liberty Street where another caller reported four people walking by who were heard talking about guns.

The people were located on Andrew Avenue and refused to cooperate after an officer told them to stop several times. One was identified as the suspect who fired the gun on Newgarden and was taken into custody. additional officers responding to the area apprehended the other three on West Perry Street.

Shane Laflame, 18, whose last known address was 875 Granite Ave., Scott Knight, 21, of 7574 Rose Drive,

Lisbon, Mark Knight, 20, of 339 Newgarden Ave., and a 17-year-old male, also of Salem, were each charged with obstruction of official business. The three adults were taken to the Columbiana Countyjail and the juvenile was taken to the Tobin juvenile detention center.

Laflame was also charged with felonies of escape and intimidation after he allegedly broke free from an officer while being escorted out of the police station for the trip to the jail and attempted to run east on Pershing while handcuffed. The officer deployed a taser which subdued Laflame. While waiting on medical staff to remove the taser probes, Lafleme began making threats towards officers while seated on the road. KLG ambulance arrived and the probes were removed, with Laflame medically cleared to be taken to jail.

Talbert said the pursuit involved officers from Salem, K-9 Argo, both Salem detectives, officers from Perry and Goshen townships and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

He described the gunfire Saturday night in the 700 block of North Lincoln Avenue, which is in the area of F.E. Cope Drive, as coming from a vehicle as it was passing by. Evidence was collected at the scene and the description of the vehicle was put out over the radio. The vehicle was located in Alliance and the driver interviewed, with additional evidence secured from the vehicle. No charges were filed at this point, with the incident still under investigation.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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